Tennessee State University’s annual Employee Recognition Awards Luncheon program provides an opportunity to salute their colleagues for their time, talents and years of service to a great university. TSU believes in celebrating faculty and staff, and it was no more evident than during the 25th annual Employee Recognition luncheon. The yearly event provides special recognition to university employees for their years of service and honors those who are retiring.
The annual luncheon acknowledged employees who have served the university in increments of five years. This year’s event, themed ‘Excellence Soars through Service,’ was held on April 25 in Elliott Hall Auditorium (Women’s Building).
Mistress of Ceremony K. Dawn Rutledge of TSU’s Media Relations Department opened the program. Following greetings on the occasion by TSU President Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, Dean of Students Frank Stevenson gave the Invocation. Lunch was served, during which the TSU Jazz Combo, directed by associate professor Dr. Sean Daniels on piano, played music as delectable as the cuisine. Members of the student group included Derek Smith, trumpet; Jaime Fields, trumpet; Corina Shipp, alto saxophone; and Emmanuel Scott, drums.
“The work which takes place on our campus is done through collaborative efforts of so may hard working individuals who share a commitment to our mission,” said Glover. “I applaud you for providing a customer-friendly, inclusive and efficient campus environment. TSU would not be the great institution that we are without the synergy, dedication and commitment of all our employees and I extend my sincere gratitude for all you do.
“For those of you retiring, thank you for your years of service,” she continued. “I wish you well as you begin the next chapter of your journey. I also congratulate those continuing with the university on your milestone of dedicated service. There’s much more for us to do and together, I know that we will continue to soar with excellence through your service.”
Nursing School administrator B. Jean Brandon gave her own very special reflections on behalf of her fellow retirees. The retirees group consisted of Ms. Elaine Barker, Ms. Cassandra F. Biles, Dr. Carol Bompart, Ms. B. Jean Brandon, Ms. Frankie Brooks, Ms. Ellen M. Chism, Mr. Beverly Collins, Mr. Kenneth Daniels, Dr. Jane Davis, Dr. Satinderpaul Devgan, Dr. Janice Emerson, Ms. Anita Etheridge, Mr. Walter Farmer, Mr. Francis Fekel, Ms. Mary Gamble, Ms. Judy Gentry, Ms. Janice Hayslett, Ms. Marva Hornbuckle, Mr. Larry Inman, Dr. Elizabeth Kunnu, Dr. Susan Levy, Dr. Jiann Shiun Lew, Ms. Brenda Lyons, Ms. Gloria Mayberry, Dr. Mayibuye Monanabela, Dr. H. An Peishel, Ms. Georgianna Priddy, Ms. Macie Pryor, Ms. Patricia Scudder, Dr. Kofi A. Semenya, Dr. Larry Snyder, Dr. Asalean Springfield, Mrs. Christine Word, and Ms. Mary J. Yates.
Service Awards were given for multiple years’ service in five year increments, as follows: 40 Years: Mozell Byars, Alice Chism, Patricia Crook, Millicent Lownes-Jackson, and Mary Wakefied. 35 Years: Gwendolyn Carney, Samuel Dennis, Earl Driver, Millicent Glenn, Sandria Godwin, Herman Hasting, Joseph Perry, Cynthia Stewart, and Jewell Winn. 30 Years: James Chatman, Joellen Dimond, Janet Finch, Marva Hornbuckle, Lee-Hyun Keel, Brenda McAdory, James Montmarquet, Sharon Morris, Elbert Myles, and Gina Ogleton.
25 Years: Jennifer Bell, Wanda Burrell, Mitchell Chamberlain, John Cross, Jiann-Shiun Lew, Deborah Long, Elaine Martin, Mohsen Shirani, Johnnie Smith, Fisseha Tegegne, and Barbara Vanhooser. 20 Years: Glenda Alvin, Morris Bond, Elaine Driver, Stephen Gillette, Jerry Green, Michael Ivy, Angie Jefferson, William Lou, Padmavathi Marpaka, Michael McBride, Jason Oliver, Towana Polk, Michael Scott, Joel Sims, Debra Smart, Anthony Tuggle, Linda Venable, Carolyn Walker, and Delores Williams.
15 Years; Debra Alexander, Catherine Allan, Melissa Ashmore, Samuel Branch, Deborah Burris-Kitchen, Sumita Chakraborti-Ghosh, Wei Chen, Fur-Chi Chen, John Dossett, Soumendra Ghosh, Tracy Hagan, Joel Jolayemi, Sonya Martin, Michelangelo McCallister, Reginald McDonald, Don McElhiney, William Montgomery, and Samuel Nahason, Joyce Radcliff, Mary Shelton, Robert Smith, Rodney Stanley, Rhonda Stewart, Shirlean Toran, Stephen Trotter, Carmen Wilson, Amy Wood, Chenhua Yang, and Nadeer Youssef.
10 Years: Elaine Barker, Gashawbeza Bekele, Tony Blakely, Crystal Blankenship, Selina Bodruzzaman, Valerie Brock, Celeste Brown, Beverly Brown, Antoinette Caine, Michael Crook, David Danner, Linda Hambrick, Zekeya Harrison, Robert Hegwood, M Hennequin, Tyese Hunter, Joseph Hutchings, Angela Jackson, Betsy Mosley Jackson, Tracy Jeannette, Eva Jermakowicz, Rhonda Kavan, Kiesa Kelly, Walter Malone, Stacey Nieman, Robin Oatis-Ballew, Darrell Parris, Terry Pettus, Thomas Phelps, Julius Proctor, Edilberto Raynes, Patricia Reeves, Christopher Robbins, Bockarie Sesay, Stephen Shanklin, Frank Stevenson, Bryan Thorpe, and Andre Westmoreland.
5 Years: Sessi Aboh, Karla Addesso, Coleman Beard, Richard Briggance, Christie Claybrooks, Ebone Colclough, Lisa de la Mothe, Amy Dismukes, Brent Dukhie, Bernetta Foster, Emmanuel Freeman, Leigh Fuson, Cynthia Gadsden, Christine Hamilton, Rodney Hamilton, Jr., Temisha Hardy, Jo Hayes, Glen Hesson, Joshua Holly, Prabodh Illukpitiya, Whitney Jackson, Jarvetta Jenkins, Jessica Jones, Gregory Jones, Brenda Kibbel, Randall Lacy, Noor Latif, Kevin Lawrence, Erica Lewis, Ebony Lott, Allyson McIntyre, Beverly McMillion, Seneca McPhee, Darlene Moore, Arlene Nicholas-Phillips, Mario Owens, LaDonna Palms, Darryl Polnitz, Kane Reeves, Cara Robinson, Iyesha Rose, Kaleena Sales, Joe Stukes, Timothy Torok, Melva Townsend, Kimberly Triplett, Amanda Trull, Andrea Tyler, Kevin Walker, Jo Anne Waterman, Christine Watt, Jason Weatherford, Devon Wiley, Jeanne Williams, Eric Williams, Christopher Wilson, Ying Wu, and Cassandra Young.